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Prepped to pedal toward a cancer cure

Area residents ready for Pan-Mass Challenge

Pan Mass Challenge riders, like these folks in 2008, will ride off into the sunrise early Saturday morning, headed for the Cape. File photo/ Shawn Kelley. (click for larger version)
August 04, 2010
STURBRIDGE — The cancer crusaders are back.

Starting tonight through tomorrow morning, thousands of cyclists will descend on Sturbridge for the kickoff of the 31st annual Pan-Mass Challenge.

The PMC, a 111-mile cross-commonwealth bicycle trek, is the single largest fundraiser for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Over the last 30 years, more than 60,000 riders from across the country — and the world — have participated in the ride, donating approximately $270 million for cancer research and treatment.

This year's goal for the nearly 5,200 riders and 3,000 volunteers is to accumulate another $31 million to donate to Dana Farber.

With riders of all ages taking to their bikes this weekend, a good number of locals will be among the droves of cyclists peddling toward Bourne, Wellesley and Provincetown.

For CEO of Harrington Hospital Ed Moore, this year's ride will be his 15th.

"I started because of family members who at that time, 15 years ago had passed away from cancer and I wanted to dedicate the ride to them," Moore said.

While the first of his now yearly tradition was in honor of specific individuals in his life, Moore said the sense of accomplishment from not only helping others by raising money for cancer research, but the requirement of keeping himself physically fit was enough to push to come back year after year.

"Once I got hooked on the first year, I couldn't stop," Moore said. "Once you've made the effort and commitment, you just say, 'I will continue this indefinitely.'

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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